Erdogan: Israel is a terrorist state, Palestine is oppressed

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  | kremlin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday condemned the Israeli invasion of Palestine, accusing the Israeli regime of expanding its borders through state-terror and occupation since 1947, and underscored that the US-decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital was "null and void."

According to the Turkish Daily Sabah, Erdogan, at an event in northeastern Turkey's Sivas, used a map of Palestine to point out Israeli encroachment from 1947 to 1967 and how its borders were gradually expanded to occupy Palestinian territories.

Speaking at a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) gathering, he said "Between 1947 and 1967 Palestine began to shrink. After 1967 Israel was much larger than any time before," the president pointed to the map, which also showed how the Palestinian territories were gradually disappearing.

"Palestine is the victim, the oppressed. Israel is a perfect invader state," Erdogan pointed out, adding that Tel Aviv has not honored any decisions made by the international community.

In a separate speech Sunday, Erdogan called Israel a "terrorist state" and condemned the Israeli military forces who blindfolded a Palestinian teenager during the recent protests in Jerusalem.

Moreover, Erdogan reiterated Turkey's position on the White House-decision, saying, "Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is null and void for us."

"For us, declaring it as Israeli capital and relocating the embassy there has no validity," he said, adding that all diplomatic steps will be taken on the international stage to show that the unilateral decision cannot be accepted.

The Turkish president said Ankara's position was not based on identity; rather, it was based on whether a decision was just or unjust. He added that Turkey would stand up against an oppressor no matter who it was.

Moreover, Turkey as the term president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has called upon its member states to convene Wednesday.

Meanwhile, The Arab League, from Egypt's capital Cairo, condemned late Saturday, US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Foreign ministers from the Arab League convened for an emergency meeting designed to formulate a unified response to Trump's decision.